Was shocked when I saw this light up my twitter. He was good at what he did, but definitely had some off-ice issues that maybe got in the way of his game. Still sad to see someone younger than me die, especially by taking their own life.
How I would love to be 27 and playing in the NHL. I have what they call winter depression last about 2 to 3 months. I have had it since I was a kid but never thought it was anything until my older brother brought it up. He joked with me a few years ago and said maybe its just being a Kings fan that makes you depressed. My heart goes out to the kid and his family but as hard as it is for his family I believe 100% that he is now finally resting in peace.
It was really ironic that I was talking to Rick Rypien's relative that day(Monday). Rypiens relative lives across the street from me. We were talking about how their boy (who's also a Rypien) is getting a try-out with Seattle Thunderbirds and would be in Seattle on the Tuesday. It is very sad whenever there is a loss of life! And he had just signed to play for the Winnipeg Jets II for 2011-12 season.
Death happens to all of us; for some it comes sooner, others later. Sometimes it's by our own hand and sometimes out of our control. Life can end in an instant, which is why this is a good time to remember to enjoy our lives to the fullest.
I'm sorry Rypien battled with depression. I hope, if anything, he was able to find some enjoyment in his life while playing hockey.
Best wishes to his friends and family.
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